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Doppler


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

As with many entries in our “Homemade” category, Doppler was a Player Character  in a DC Heroes tabletop super-hero role-playing game campaign.


Background

  • Real Name: Shane Florian.
  • Marital Status: Divorced.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed ex-wife and daughter.
  • Group Affiliation: Leader of “Vigilance”.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 216 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


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Powers and Abilities

Doppler possesses the ability to transform his body into water, as well as control all water. He can both breath and move without restriction in a liquid environment.

He uses his control over water to:

  • Move massive amounts of water.
  • Drain the water from the cellular structure of living creatures.
  • Increase his own strength.
  • Create giant living creatures of water which can act independently of him for a brief time.

Furthermore, he is extremely resistant to cold and can breath underwater with no difficulty.


History

[Clipped while I await edits from Doppler’s creator to the full text.]

  • (1999) Founded MHLA with several other metahumans. Intent was to fight against U.S. government coverup and unethical exploitation of metahuman existence, beginning with the takeover of Enfield, Massachussetts.
  • Fought against NSA “Dept. G” that intended to “Sterilize” Enfield. Both sides were thwarted by the efforts of five civilian metahumans caught in the middle of the confrontation. Earned the personal enmity of one of the five, Ray “The Snowman” Hollister, when he ordered the execution of Hollister’s friend, the Enfield sheriff.
  • Went underground and continued to lead the MHLA, facing the five metahumans from Enfield (now known as the “Loose Cannons”) on several occasions.
  • (2000) During a period of inactivity, he befriended newest Loose Cannon, Orion (son of one of the originalfive5 Cannons), in his disguise as a used book seller. When revealed to Orion as Doppler, he turned himself in as a show of good faith. Used various contacts to get “probation” with Orion serving as his probation officer.
    Other Loose Cannons are dumbstruck and not remotely happy with the situation. Nonetheless, Doppler assists them in the following year with information and underworld contacts.
  • (2001) Joined the metahuman “Poltergeist” in the formation of the metahuman state, New Byzantium. Asked Orion to join them. When refused, he incapacitated and kidnapped Orion. When the Cannons rescued Orion from New Byzantium, Doppler disappeared in the confusion.
  • (2007) After keeping a low profile in the past six years, Doppler has assumed a behind-the-scenes, advisory role in New Byzantium. He has recently allied himself with fanatical militant metahuman James “Geryon” Booth and is working with Booth in forming the new metahuman terror group, Vigilance.

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Description

Tall and handsome, Doppler assumes an almost scholarly demeanor when not “working”. He wears sweaters, smokes a pipe, and speaks in a carefully measure manner, playing up the role of a scholarly used bookstore owner.

While in his Doppler guise, Florian dresses in whatever uniform or costume best suits his role in the operation. This ranges from paramilitary fatigues to a spandex costume.


Personality

Shane Florian is a charming, charismatic man. He is quite capable of talking almost anyone into being his friend and ally. He is also a consummate liar with schemes of setting up a “metahuman nation” with himself as the head. Or he “had” those schemes before agreeing to work for Poltergeist.

Florian is a metahuman supremacist and is currently supporting Poltergeist as he sees Poltergeist as holding the best chance of forwarding his own personal goals, but Florian still dreams of taking control of the New Byzantium power structure and ruling the metahuman nation himself.


Quotes

“#@!dammit, Orion. How can you still be so exceptionally stupid ?”


DC Universe History

Doppler’s motivation stems from anti-metahuman bias. While he is a better fit in the Marvel Universe, eliminating that factor and keeping him as a power hungry supervillain allows him entry to the DC Universe.

Doppler spent his early career causing problems for the Outsiders by involving himself in the politics of Markovia. The latter part of his career was following in the footsteps of the mailing list by making Aquaman look stupid.

David Johnston suggests: “He could be an Atlantean-supremacist. Or he could be the second in command of a new Secret Society of Supervillains. I suspect he would have had at least one encounter with the Suicide Squad, and perhaps freed and recruited some of them to be part of the New SSoV.”


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Doppler

Dex: 08 Str: 06 Bod: 08 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 09 Wil: 09 Min: 10 Occupation: Metahuman Terrorist
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 011
Init: 028/038 HP: 100

Powers:
Cell Rot: 08, Cold Immunity: 06, Fluid Form: 12, Power Reserve (Cell Rot, STR, Water Animation, Water Control): 08, Water Animation: 08, Water Control: 08, Water Freedom: 11

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Fluid Form allows Partial Solidification.
  • Cell Rot, Power Reserve, and Water Animation, are Contingent on Water Control.
  • Power Reserve increases Water Control by default, raising it to 18. This causes Water Control to decrease by 1 AP (to a minimum of 8 APs) for every AP placed in Cell Rot, STR, or Water Animation.
  • Power Reserve can only increase STR while Doppler is in total or partial Fluid Form.

Skills:
Charisma: 09, Detective*: 09, Martial Artist: 08, Military Science*: 09, Thief*: 10, Weaponry*: 08

Advantages:
Gift of Gab, Iron Nerves, Leadership, Lightning Reflexes.

Connections:
MHLA (low), New Byzantium (High), Orion (Low), Vigilance (High).

Drawbacks:
Attack Vulnerability (-3 CS vs. Dehydration Attacks), Loss Vulnerability (All Powers to 0 APs, STR to 3 APs, BODY to 4 APs – if dehydrated), Public Identity.

Equipment: (only while working for New Byzantium)

  • SPACIAL DISTORTION BELT [BODY 06, Superspeed: 10, Teleportation: 10, R#3].
  • COMMUNICATIONS LINK [BODY 03, Telepathy: 12].

By Jason Reeps and Andrew Lee.

Source of Character: The Loose Cannons Campaign.

Helper(s): David Johnston, Sébastien Andrivet.

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